Kidero Fails To Stop Sh14M Graft Case

by Lawyer Alex
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Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has failed in his bid to stop a case seeking to recover Sh14.4 million from him arising from millions said to have been stolen from City Hall in 2014.

Dr Kidero sought to quash the case arguing that it was brought by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to embarrass him, as he was facing criminal charges over the same money before a magistrate court.

He further said there is nothing linking the money to City Hall and that the amount was from the sale of a Toyota Lexus to a company identified as Cups Ltd.

Justice Esther Maina, however, dismissed the case saying he was not persuaded that the suit was an abuse of the court process. “I am therefore unable to find that this case is an abuse of the court process or it is the public interest to stay or strike it out,” the judge said.

His lawyer, senior counsel Tom Ojienda had argued that there was nothing linking him to the money allegedly paid out to a law firm, before it was shared among former senior officials at City Hall.

He said the anti-graft body was subjecting Dr Kidero to double punishment by bringing civil and criminal cases against him.

Meanwhile,

The Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has called on authorities to expedite investigations into assault claims by Murgor sisters against two Ndichu brothers expedited.

In a statement, FIDA Chief Executive Officer Anne Ireri says despite Stephanie Murgor and Cheryl Murgor providing compelling evidence showing that they were physically assaulted by Edwin Ndichu and Paul Ndichu, they have only been issued with what she describes as “baseless counter-accusations.”

“It is gravely concerning that our clients’ rights as per Article 157(6), (10) and (11) as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya have been blatantly disregarded and overlooked despite compelling evidence provided by our clients to carry out proper investigations and charge the perpetrators with the correct offence as per the Penal code,” Ireri stated.

She called on the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji to exercise his authority and direct the police to conduct proper investigations on the matter.

“We kindly urge your good office to intervene and ensure proper investigations are carried out on this matter to establish the correct findings and rightful charges on the perpetrators with a view of affording our clients justice and redress mechanisms for the violations they have faced,” she said.

In November, the Murgor sisters turned down an out-of-court settlement offer by the Ndichu brothers following an assault incident at the Ole Sereni Hotel that took place on October 17.

Through their lawyer, Philip Murgor, Cheryl and Stephanie, Samuel Ramdas, and Patrick Koech stated that they turned down offers from three lawyers and a Kenyan MP to settle the matter.

According to their statement, the offer was followed up with a letter that agreed to pay for the repairs for the damage to the car belonging to Ramdas.


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